The number of private landlords joining the buy-to-let market could be restrained due to financial issues, according to Property Hawk website editor Chris Horne.

His comments come as price comparison website moneysupermarket.com reported that the number of available buy-to-let mortgages had dropped 95 per cent in the last two years.

In 2007, there were 4,384 options for would-be landlords, but now this number is apparently around 213.

Mr Horne said that people looking to join the landlord world "might struggle to find the equity to finance a buy-to-let investment".

"There are a lot of established landlords who have been around for perhaps ten, 15 or 20 years and have got sufficient equity in their overall portfolio to be able to continue to purchase properties,"he added.

The property expert went on to suggest that the boom period for lending, which occurred over the last few years, is now at an end.

Written by John Weeks
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